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    Rose Pink Vinyl Phono Record Beads (6mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of African vinyl beads in a pink color. Beads such as these are found in Ghana and Nigeria where they are some...

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    Jumbo Olive Green Swirl Recycled Glass Beads (23mm)

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    Take a look at this exceptionally large strand of jumbo-sized recycled glass beads. Large beads such as these are hard to find and even harder to f...

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    Round Grey Himalayan Bone Mala Beads (8mm)

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    This strand of rustic grey bone beads comes from Nepal. Pay attention and you will notice that each bead is 100% unique and has its own character. ...

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    Turquoise Natural Shell Heishi Beads (5mm)

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    These turquoise color heishi beads are made from natural shell. The slight variations in colors and shape of the beads will make them a fun additio...

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    Azul Blue Wood Bracelet (6mm)

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    This beautiful bracelet is made of top quality natural wood beads. Available in a variety of natural-tone finishes, our wooden beads are handmade, ...

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    White Wood Bracelet (6mm)

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    This beautiful bracelet is made of top quality natural wood beads. Available in a variety of natural-tone finishes, our wooden beads are handmade, ...

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    Gold Wood Bracelet (8mm)

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    This beautiful bracelet is made of top quality natural wood beads. Available in a variety of natural-tone finishes, our wooden beads are handmade, ...

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    Zebra Krobo Powder Glass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Made from bottles and other glass ite...

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    Yellow Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads (12mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of Ashanti glass saucer beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for over 1000...

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    Gold Wood Bracelet (6mm)

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    This beautiful bracelet is made of top quality natural wood beads. Available in a variety of natural-tone finishes, our wooden beads are handmade, ...

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    Hot Pink Nepal Mala Bracelet

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    Malas are traditionally used in Buddhist culture as a part of the practice of meditation, however, today malas are enjoyed by people around the wor...

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    Jumbo Blue Swirl Recycled Glass Beads (23mm)

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    Take a look at this exceptionally large strand of jumbo-sized recycled glass beads. Large beads such as these are hard to find and even harder to f...

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    Black Giraffe Krobo Powder Glass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Made from bottles and other glass ite...

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    River Aqua Recycled Glass Beads (11mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful blue River Aqua color recycled beads ...

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    White Wood Bracelet (8mm)

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    This beautiful bracelet is made of top quality natural wood beads. Available in a variety of natural-tone finishes, our wooden beads are handmade, ...

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    River Aqua Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful blue color recycled beads are made us...

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    Cobalt Blue Wood Bracelet (8mm)

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    This beautiful bracelet is made of top quality natural wood beads. Available in a variety of natural-tone finishes, our wooden beads are handmade, ...

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    Grey Mist Recycled Glass Beads (18mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful grey color recycled beads are made us...

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    Coral Red Cylindrical Natural Seed Beads

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    These stunning red beads are made from natural wood, and are meant to resemble coral. The slight variations in colors and shape of the beads will m...

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    Bright Medley Fused Rondelle Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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    This uniquely patterned strand of rondelle beads is made using traditional methods used to create powder glass beads. The procedure for making the ...

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    Karaga Medley Round Krobo Beads (12mm)

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    Take a closer look at this lovely strand of Blue and Green Krobo Beads. Made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of...

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    Brown & Beige Natural Saucer Seed Beads (8mm)

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    These brown color saucer beads are made from natural wood. The slight variations in colors and shape of the beads will make them a fun addition to ...

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    Dark Silver Ethiopian Tube Beads (7x2mm)

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    Admire this great strand of silver Ethiopian tube metal beads. These beads have been individually fashioned by hand which lends to them a unique an...

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    Lime Green Mini-Disk Sandcast Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of green color Ghana glass disk beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for o...

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While The Bead Chest is primarily an African bead importer, we also offer finished African Jewelry to those looking for ready-to-wear pieces. African Jewelry is a melting pot of contemporary and traditional styles, many of which have been replicated extensively in popular Western fashion culture. But, African Jewelry serves for a number of other functions besides self expression and bodily adornment, particularly amongst ethnic groups (such as the Krobo of Ghana) where social hierarchy is still an endemic part of their culture. Large bulbous Glass Trade Beads worn in multiple strands around the neck can be indicative of wealth, status and purity; used in rites of prayer and marriage, or have some medicinal value, such as an aid for female fertility. The oldest beads found in Africa in 2004 were a strand of 75,000 year old ostrich shell Heishi Beads, which are particularly favoured by the Ashanti tribe of Ghana whom believe they can significantly enhance fertility. Almost every indigenous group in Africa uses jewelry as a means of communication in one way or another. Known for their exuberant beaded collars and head dresses, the Yoruba women of West Africa utilise tiny glass Christmas Beads for waist adornments, with the primary intention of luring the attention of a potential mate to her form. In Ghanaian culture, the glass beads used are recycled from other materials and tend to be far larger and uniform in shape. They are used to attract attention to the female form, and are also believed to aid gastro-intestinal health. African Pendants are undoubtedly one of the most imitated forms of jewelry in the West. Focal pendants, such as those produced by the predominantly Muslim Tuareg people of the Western Sahara, have been adopted by many other cultures where Islam is the primary religion – namely due to the ancient Islamic texts and references inscribed upon them. Of course, such pendants are also popular due to their contemporary aesthetics. Moroccan Pendants collectively encompass a wide range of focal styles and timeless symmetric designs that many find appealing. Old Berber Pendants are often inset with semi-precious stones such as amber, amazonite and quartz, making them all the more desirable.